Prof Swamidass, Thank you for inviting me to Peaceful Science forums. I have enjoyed our conversations elsewhere.
Introduction – I am a Naturalistic-Evolution Skeptic, an Ex-Atheist, a Philosophical Theist, and a Mere-Christian.
I am skeptical of the claims of Naturalistic Large-Scale Evolution based on the Scientific Evidence AND my knowledge of Epistemology (theory of knowledge).
I accept Small-Scale Evolution based on the evidence (i.e., adaptation, natural selection, genetic drift, mutations, reproductive isolation – leading to variations within species and low-level speciation).
I reject Naturalistic Universal Common Descent, and a Naturalistic Single Tree of Life, based on the scientific evidence AND epistemology.
My view is that Naturalistic Large-Scale Evolution (NALSE) is a Metaphysical Interpretive Paradigm that is completely immune to any contrary evidence.
And that Naturalistic Large-Scale Evolution is really a Historical Pattern-Matching Hypothesis that is epistemologically-limited (constrained) by a particular metaphysical world-view (metaphysical atheism, pure materialism, reductionism). NALSE Is NOT Sincere Truth seeking, but rather metaphysically assumed to be true (with various exercises of epistemological confirmation seeking behaviors).
My take is that the Scientific Evidence (epistemologically neutrally viewed) is most consistent with Bushes of Life (not a single naturalistic tree of life) with Intelligent Design Infusions of Bio-Functional Information at the base of each Bush of Life. The Bushes are likely at the taxonomic level of Families and higher.
I subscribe to a 14 billion year old universe, the Big Bang, and a 4.5 billion year earth.
I also subscribe to Intelligent Design as a Rational Explanation of certain features of Reality.
With no offense meant, I have NEVER seen a compelling case for Naturalistic Large-Scale Evolution (having read various books that claim in some sense to prove evolution, by such authors as Dawkins, Coyne, and others).
I look forward to dialogs on any of these topics, without put-downs or ad hominems.
And, I wish you all peace, and sincere truth-seeking